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  • FLASHBACK- Supreme Court upholds voter ID law Law justified to protect integrity, reliability

    03/12/2012 5:43:39 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 14 replies ^ | 4/28/2008
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws. In a splintered 6-3 ruling, the court upheld Indiana's strict photo ID requirement, which Democrats and civil rights groups said would deter poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots. Its backers said it was needed to prevent fraud. Burden 'eminently reasonable' "We cannot conclude that the statute imposes 'excessively burdensome requirements' on any class of voters," Stevens said. Stevens' opinion suggests that the outcome could be different in a state where voters could...
  • Voter ID Law Struck Down Again [ Wisconsin- But the USSC ruled its legal in 08 ]

    03/12/2012 5:39:36 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 12 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 12 2012 | nbc26
    Green Bay-- A second judge struck down Wisconsin’s voter ID law, and this time, the injunction is permanent. A different judge passed a temporary injunction against the law last week, but the state's attorney general says this fight isn't over. The law's proponents say they'll continue to push it through the courts. Green Bay city clerk and election specialist Kris Teske says each polling place hired one employee to check identification and make sure the voter was at the correct precinct. "We had five training sessions and teaching the poll workers about the voter ID, so now we'll just take...
  • Supreme Court upholds voter ID law (4/28/08)

    03/12/2012 4:02:54 PM PDT · by Jean S · 30 replies · 2+ views ^ | 4/28/08 | From the Associated Press via MSNBC (4/28/08)
    The Supreme Court ruled that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws. In a splintered 6-3 ruling, the court upheld Indiana’s strict photo ID requirement, which Democrats and civil rights groups said would deter poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots. Its backers said it was needed to prevent fraud.It was the most important voting rights case since the Bush v. Gore dispute that sealed the 2000 election for George W. Bush. But the voter ID ruling lacked the conservative-liberal split that marked the 2000 case.The law “is...
  • [WI] Judge rules voter ID law unconstitutional [makes temp injunction permanent]

    03/12/2012 12:39:19 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 133 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3/12/2012 | The Associated Press and Patrick Marley
    Madison - A Dane County judge permanently enjoined the state's new voter ID law on Monday - the second judge in a week to block the requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls. "A government that undermines the very foundation of its existence - the people's inherent, pre-constitutional right to vote - imperils its legitimacy as a government by the people, for the people, and especially of the people," said the eight-page opinion by Dane County Judge Richard Niess. "It sows the seeds for its own demise as a democratic institution. This is precisely what 2011 Wisconsin Act...
  • Obama Administration Blocks Law Requiring Texas Residents to Show Photo ID Before Voting

    03/12/2012 9:04:52 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 142 replies ^ | 3-12-12
    The Justice Department is objecting to a new photo ID law in Texas for voters, saying the state has failed to demonstrate that the the law is not discriminatory by design against Hispanic voters. The department's head of the civil rights division, Tom Perez, wrote a a six-page letter to Texas' director of elections saying that Texas has not "sustained its burden" under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to show that the new law will not have a discriminatory effect on minority voters. About 11 percent of Hispanic voters reportedly lack state-issued identification. Perez wrote that while the...
  • Voter ID uncertainty adds to WI election clerks’ frustration

    03/09/2012 9:13:20 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-8-12 | Kirsten Adshead
    MADISON — When politicians, interest groups and judges start bickering over election legalities — from voter ID to recalls — the fallout lands squarely at Doris Dahl’s door. “It’s just mind-boggling, I guess, all the changes and the waste of money we go through with these elections,” said Dahl, the clerk and treasurer for the town of Trempealeau. “You print something and then at the next election, it’s obsolete.” The latest change? A temporary injunction ordered this week by Dane County Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan against a new law requiring voters to present a valid photo identification card when...
  • Judge in voter ID case signed Walker recall petition [WI]

    03/06/2012 3:16:03 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 35 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3/6/2012, Updated: 4:53 p.m | Daniel Bice
    Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan, who granted a temporary injunction against Wisconsin's new voter identification law, signed a petition urging the recall of Gov. Scott Walker. *** His clerk called back to say Flanagan would only answer questions submitted in writing at the courthouse. State Republican Party spokesman Ben Sparks said his party will be filing a complaint with the state Judicial Commission asking it to investigate why Flanagan did not recuse himself. "The very fact that Dane County Judge David Flanagan signed a petition to recall Governor Walker calls today's court proceedings regarding Wisconsin's voter ID law into...
  • Judge grants temporarily injunction barring enforcement of voter ID law in April election [WI]

    03/06/2012 11:53:14 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | Tuesday, March 6, 2012 1:45 pm | ED TRELEVEN
    A Dane County Judge on Tuesday granted a temporary injunction that bars the enforcement of the state photo ID law at polling places during the general election on April 3. Circuit Judge David Flanagan said that the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera had demonstrated that their lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker and the state Government Accountability Board would probably succeed on its merits and had demonstrated the likelihood of irreparable harm if the photo ID law is allowed to stand. Flanagan ordered Walker and the GAB to "cease immediately any effort to enforce or implement...
  • VIDEO - Groups set to protest Voter ID bill (Bill would require id each time a person votes)

    03/05/2012 8:47:44 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 10 replies ^ | March 5, 2012 | Michael Gorsegner
    HARRISBURG— In about six weeks, Pennsylvania voters will hit the polls for the state's primary. One group is trying to make sure that getting into the polls to vote looks the same as it always has in the past. A group called Protect our Vote will be protesting House Bill 934 at the State Capitol today. That voter identification bill would require people to show ID at the polls each and every time they vote. Right now, voters have to show identification the first time they vote in a polling location. The group wants to make sure that bill doesn't...
  • Tennessee election officials optimistic about voter ID law

    03/04/2012 1:54:10 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    AP via Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/4/12 | Lucas L. Johnson II, Associated Press
    NASHVILLE — State election officials say the small number of Tennesseans who didn’t have proper identification during early voting indicates people are adjusting to a new law that requires them to have a photo ID to vote, but others say the real test will be the general election in November. Tennessee’s 12-day early voting period ended last Tuesday. During that time, Election Coordinator Mark Goins said there were more than 200,000 voters, and only 46 showed up without a photo ID. “That is such a small number for a brand new policy,” Goins said. “So far, the implementation of this...
  • New Voter ID Laws WI: Video

    02/21/2012 12:58:19 PM PST · by Jean S · 12 replies · 1+ views
    See link for video.
  • Eric Holder’s Protection of Voter Fraud

    02/17/2012 8:12:19 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 22 replies ^ | Feb 15th, 2012 | Frank Crimi
    Seeking to overturn a DOJ judgment that its voter photo identification law, passed in May 2011, violates the National Voting Rights Act (NVRA), the state of South Carolina recently announced that it is suing the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder in federal court. The decision by South Carolina comes as the DOJ is vigorously working to stop the spread of states enacting or implementing voter photo ID laws, prompting fears that the Obama administration is undermining the integrity of the upcoming 2012 elections. In December 2011, the DOJ blocked South Carolina’s new voter ID law from taking effect...
  • Republicans, League of Women Voters go at it over Voter ID (MN)

    02/17/2012 7:22:40 AM PST · by Parmenio · 14 replies
    MinnPost ^ | February 16, 2012 | Cindy Brucato
    The author of a proposed constitutional amendment to require a photo ID when voting is offering an olive branch to the bill’s most vocal opponent. “When this passes… I would expect the League of Women Voters to work with us,” said state Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, Republican from Big Lake. The League is not accepting. “If it passes the Legislature, we will continue to educate voters. If it passes [in November], we will have to take a look at both options -- try to make it work or go to court,” says Laura Wang, executive director of the League of Women...
  • APNewsBreak: South Carolina attorney general sues federal government for blocking voter ID law

    02/07/2012 10:51:37 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 07, 2012 - 1:16 pm | MEG KINNARD
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina's top prosecutor says the U.S. Justice Department was wrong to block South Carolina from requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification to vote. Attorney General Alan Wilson asks a judge to overturn the decision by the federal government in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The Justice Department in December rejected South Carolina's law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
  • Voter ID plan had bipartisan input, not necessarily bipartisan support

    01/31/2012 5:21:55 AM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 29 January 2012 | Mike Wiser
    Proponents say elections will be more secure; opponents say certain individuals will be unfairly targeted. Secretary of State Matt Schultz jumped into one of the most partisan issues in electoral politics last week when he proposed a new voter photo identification bill. But he did so with a twist. Unique to his proposal is the idea that one voter can vouch for another in place of photo identification, something Schultz hopes will blunt criticism of his plan. Indeed, Schultz used the word “bipartisan” no fewer than 14 times during his Statehouse news conference and in answering questions from the media....
  • Voter identification laws may effect 2012 election

    01/27/2012 8:49:51 AM PST · by usalady · 12 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 27, 2012 | Martha R Gore
    Changes in elections laws have been enacted many times since 1790 when only American white males were legally allowed to vote. Included were the 1870 law that allowed former slaves to vote, in 1920 women’s suffrage came about, in 1924 the Indians Citizenship Act gave Native Americans the right-to-vote and in 1964, the poll tax was banned in all federal elections. These were all considered positive changes.
  • UW-Madison begins issuing free voter ID cards

    01/21/2012 9:19:26 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is set to begin issuing free school identification cards to comply with a new state voter ID law. The university says students can pick up an ID Monday on campus. It pledged last year to offer the cards since the law has a two-year expiration for school IDs that make older IDs invalid. Colleges and universities across the state have debated how to comply with the law, which passed last year. Several UW campuses are taking a similar approach to Madison's policy. The university also launched a website Friday designed to help students on any voting...
  • Wis. judge delays decision on voter ID lawsuit

    01/20/2012 2:43:56 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    A judge weighing one of three lawsuits challenging Wisconsin's new voter ID law said Thursday he needs more time to consider both sides' arguments before he will rule on the state's motion to dismiss the case. After listening to arguments from attorneys for the League of Women Voters, which is seeking to overturn the law, and for Gov. Scott Walker and the state elections board, Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess said he couldn't yet rule on the motion but would at a March 9 hearing. He also said he may rule on the merits of the case then. The...
  • Aldermen back measure to track residents turned away from the polls

    01/19/2012 10:19:55 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies · 1+ views
    JSOnline ^ | 1-19-12 | Larry Sandler
    Milwaukee election officials will keep track of how many people are turned away from the polls because of new voter identification and residency rules, the Common Council decided Wednesday. Aldermen unanimously backed Ald. Milele Coggs' resolution to collect the data in the wake of the controversial state law enacted last year. The new law requires voters to show photo identification at the polls, starting with the Feb. 21 primary. Voters who don't have one of the acceptable forms of identification will be allowed to cast provisional ballots, but those ballots will not be counted unless the voters return with an...
  • Voter fraud? (Vanity)

    01/19/2012 7:01:34 AM PST · by outofsalt · 8 replies
    self | 1/19/2012 | self
    In Virginia we have had a long standing requirement to show ID's when voting. Many other states do too and some are passing laws to try to, "true the vote" but, of course, these are opposed by the "progressives" as being unnecessary as, "this is a non-existent problem." I'm looking to compile links to proven instances of erroneous voter tallies.